Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

Leah Courtney
I am a lover of historical fiction, as I've mentioned before (maybe many times). The Civil War time period is of my favorites.

Widow of Gettysburg was an excellent historical fiction based on real letters and accounts of women who lived in Gettysburg, PA during the infamous battle.

Liberty in a very young widow who is trying to establish her home as an inn. She grew up an orphan, under the harsh care of an aunt. The stories she's heard of her real parents are not very good. Liberty's home is taken over a confederate field hospital, and Liberty finds herself falling in love with a rebel soldier. As the battle wages and the women of the town deal with the aftermath, there are many secrets that will be revealed.

I loved this great story set in such a dynamic time. A Southern girl myself, I've come to respect the balance of both sides as I've gotten older. And reading a well-written, historically based novel like this one really makes me take a look at all of the different aspects of the war.

Even as Liberty has to come to grips with aiding soldiers from the opposite side, readers will be forced to consider the players in the war as people- not just as "sides" in a battle.

As I was greatly enjoying this book, I recognized a name of another character and realized that I also read the first book from Jocelyn Green- Wedded to War. It also was based on true people and accounts of the war.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Widow of Gettysburg
River North; New Edition edition (April 12, 2013)
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it? Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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